Lake Taupō: the great lake

The biggest lake in Australasia announced its arrival with a bang.


Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe from Lake Taupō. © Jeremy Bright

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Acapulco Motor Inn Visit website

Locality: Adjacent to Lakefront. 200m to shopping centre, 1km to post office. 20 spacious ground-floor units; studio double/twin, spa bath double/twin, family 2-bedroom with spa . . . More . . . 

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Tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Baycrest Lodge Visit website

Look no further than Baycrest Lodge - just a stone's throw from the calm blue shores of the Great Lake. We are proud to be . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: the great lake

Lake Taupō is actually the drowned caldera of a super volcano, whose eruption in the first century AD caused meteorological effects noted by sky-gazers as far afield as Rome and China. Read the story . . . 

AC Baths Taupo Visit website

AC Baths is an all-weather, family friendly, thermally heated pool complex that provides hours of entertainment for visitors and the community. . . . More . . . 

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Ōrakei Kōrako: thermal wonderland

There are still reminders scattered about the Taupō district of the subterranean forces that produced its mighty, first-century eruption and subsequent lake. Read the story . . . 

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Oasis Beach Resort Visit website

True lake edge location and fabulous facilities make this a favourite for many of our regular guests - this property has it all and is . . . More . . . 

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Mountain View Motel Visit website

Named Mountain View Motel because 7 of the 11 units have views of Lake Taupo and the Mountains (Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe). . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: how did we get so lucky?

It really is all about Lake Taupō in this part of the world, where the water’s mood governs the feel of the day: sunny and sparkling, or grey and intense.  Read the story . . . 

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Wairakei Resort Taupo

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Taupo Holiday Resort Visit website

NZ's first swim up bar and cafe in large lagoon thermally heated pool. Lake Taupo Holiday Resort is a destination in itself with a spectacular . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Chevron Motel Visit website

Central location, close to the lake, 1 block to town centre, cafés, bars and restaurants, cinema. 14 spacious 1 and 2-bedroom units (7 ground floor, . . . More . . . 

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Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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